Thunder Lily



i went to say good-bye

one last time

he served me tea

and played a favorite song of mine

we talked about the weather

and politics of the day

when i looked into his eyes

he simply looked away

after a lifetime he said

we are just friends…don’t be silly

he took me to his garden

to show me a thunder lily

a beautiful ball of fire

rising from the earth

for a moment

i forgot the hurt